John B. Palley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Sacramento, CA

Meissner Joseph Palley & Ruggles, Inc.
 | 1555 River Park Drive, Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-550-9216
Fax: 916-920-9379
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

As the lead probate attorney for California law firm Meissner Joseph Palley & Ruggles, Inc. John B. Palley focuses solely on probate administration matters throughout California. When it comes to handling probate estates few attorneys in California can match Mr. Palley's knowledge and commitment to client satisfaction. Mr. Palley has been certified in estate planning, trust and probate law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. For 25 years, Mr. Palley has gained the experience needed to put clients’ minds at ease in all areas related to cleaning up messes at the probate court and efficiently moving cases through the California probate court system. He accepts clients throughout California.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in international business from Sonoma State University in 1991, Mr. Palley earned his Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 1994. He is admitted to practice law in California.

Mr. Palley's dedication to quality representation and the highest legal ethics have earned him a top rating of AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell. The Sacramento Bee has named him a probate and estate planning "expert." He has had the opportunity to lecture on probate and estate law at various continuing legal education seminars, including the University of California, Davis, the Placer Association of Realtors, and the National Business Institute. Mr. Palley is a member of the State Bar of California, the Sacramento County Bar Association, the Placer County Bar Association and the Rotary Club of Roseville. He prides himself on going above and beyond client expectations to provide top-notch service with reasonable fees.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (100%): Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About John Palley

Admitted: 1994, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Voted Rookie of the year in large Rotary club., Rotary Club of Roseville Rookie of the Year, 2009
  • Voted best lawyer in Roseville, CA by the readers of the Roseville Press Tribune., Best Lawyer in Roseville, Roseville Press Tribune, 2015
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2012
  • "AV" from Martindale Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization
  • UC Davis Extension Certified Financial Planning courses, and the National Business Institute

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member of the Sacramento Estate Planning Council since 1995.
  • Member, California State Bar, Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section
  • Past Board Member, Sacramento Planned Giving Forum
  • Utah, 1995
  • Member, Placer County Bar
  • California, 1994
  • Member, Sacramento County Bar, Probate and Estates Section
  • Past Board Member, California State University Alumni Council

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Past-Active Member, Active 20-30 #1, Sacramento
  • Sacramento Planned Giving Forum board member, 2009
  • Board Member, Rotary Club of Roseville
  • Board Member, Council, Member Rotary Club of Roseville

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • I authored a book on the California probate process which is available on or contact me and mention " free book offer" and I'll email you a PDF of the book for free!, Author, How to Live and Die with California Probate, 2016
  • I authored a published article on IRC section 419 Welfare Benefit Trusts which was published in the CLU (Certified Life Underwriters) Sections Business & Compensation journal in July/August, 1995. At the time I was an employee of a life insurance company and the article spoke of the risks involved with the 419 trusts., Author, 419 Welfare Benefit Trusts, CLU Sections Business & Compensation, 1995
  • I taught a ten week class at the University of California Davis in their CFP (Certified Financial Planner) program. The class was a detailed overview of estate planning including many advanced concepts., Instructor, Estate Planning, 2005
  • I was a co-presenter of an all day presentation to attorneys, and others, put on my National Business Institute., Speaker, Probate Process - Start to Finish, 2007
  • Co-presenter for full day presentation on fundamentals of estate administration.  Received very high feedback from attendees., Co-Presenter, Estate Administration, 2010
  • I was a co-presenter for this NBI presentation to other lawyers on the probate process., Speaker, Probate Process from Start to Finish, 2011
  • I was the sole speaker for an educational seminar for Realtors of Placer County, CA. The topic was on probate law with a focus on probate real estate sales., Sole Speaker, The California Probate Process , Placer County Association Of Realtors, 2017
  • I was a co-presenter in NBI seminar on the Probate Process from Start to Finish., Co-Presenter, Probate Process from Start to Finish, 2013
  • Lectured, Estate Planning and Probate, UC Davis Graduate School of Management MBA program
  • I was the sole speaker for an educational seminar for Realtors of Placer County, CA. The topic was 100% focused on probate law and probate real estate sales.  Sole Speaker, The California Probate Process, Placer County Association Of Realtors, March 2018., Speaker, Placer County Association Of Realtors, 2018


  • I have completed over 1,000 Caifornia probate estate administrations since 1994.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell (


Educational Background:

  • Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, B.A., International Business, June 1991

Industry Groups

  • Sacramento Estate Planning Council
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Office Location for John B. Palley

1555 River Park Drive
Suite 108
Sacramento, CA 95815

Phone: 916-550-9216

Fax: 916-920-9379

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Last Updated: 4/3/2019

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